Scrap fabric flower tutorial

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Fabric flower tutorial, use old fabric scraps and a washer to create a brooch

Last week I was sharing the inspiration my friends flower corsage provoked. She advised me it had been made on a course, and involved two washer taps and three metres of homemade fabric ribbon. Here’s my version of the scrap fabric flower tutorial.


This week I have visiting various DIY store to try and find large washer taps.. the result was one 1/2″ and one 1 1/4″ .

Fabric scraps

Three meters of fabric ribbon were created with a variety of strips of fabric, including transparent  sparkly fabrics. The pieces of fabric are cut to approx 1 cm wide (various lengths) and stitched together with a zigzag stitch. If you have crimping scissors you can add a texture to your strips by cutting with them.

Fabric ribbon

Wrap the washer

Wrap the homemade ribbon around the washer taps. Stitch through the layer in the middle.. Run small stitches round in a circle to ensure you capture each piece.. either by hand or with the sewing machine.

Upcycled flower tutorial

Cut round the edge of your circles through to the washer tap, and remove the washer.

Stitch the two pieces together and attach a suitable button for the middle of your beautiful flower.

Fabric scrap flower tutorial #DIY #TUtorial

I have added a brooch pin to a red fabric flower, and attached to the finished black cord jacket bag:) I appreciate the brooch is not to everyone’s taste as it will fray.. I think this is part of the beauty of it but it is not for neat freaks, no offence meant:)


Why not check out the other lovely makes on this weeks Handmade Harbour, or some of the other tutorials over at Craftori🙂




  1. March 4, 2013 / 8:32 am

    This is great fun, I’m probably a bit of a neat freak normally but something like this just looks right as it is!
    Very tempted to have a go!

    • March 4, 2013 / 8:38 am

      Thank you. It’s really quite quick to make too… the time consuming bit was finding larger washer taps. Of course taking the flower corsage off the black bag leaves bright coloured fluff!! Vicky

  2. March 4, 2013 / 3:56 pm

    My sister-in-law and I made a few of these. They really are good fun and each one turns out different 🙂

    • March 4, 2013 / 7:53 pm

      I’m itching to make a few in different colours:) Do like them when they have sparkly colours:)

  3. March 4, 2013 / 7:36 pm

    That’s brilliant – so simple but so effective! Will have to give it a go. x

  4. March 4, 2013 / 9:11 pm

    I love this, and I really love the bag too!

  5. March 5, 2013 / 1:16 pm

    Now that is one very good idea. I like 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

  6. March 7, 2013 / 6:33 am

    What a clever idea – hope you don’t mind I have put it on my Pinterest board.

  7. June 26, 2013 / 6:53 pm

    I never in a million years would have thought of using a washer on something like this! Love it!

  8. Solveigh Knol-Warden
    October 16, 2013 / 3:59 pm

    I’ve been looking for something like this to use for a hair pin for some time and this totally fits the bill! Very cute! Quick and easy!
    Thanks for sharing!

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